Announcements, Homelessness

LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Highlighted in New Video Series


The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMSHA) Homeless Resource Center (HRC) has announced a new video series entitled "Larkin Street Stories: Serving Homeless Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth." The series highlights the Larkin Street Youth Center in San Francisco and includes interviews with youth and staff at the Center.

The first of three videos highlight several alarming statistics regarding LGBTQ homeless youth, notably:

  • 20%-40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ
  • 62% of LGBTQ homeless youth have attempted suicide, compared to just 29% of heterosexual homeless youth
  • 75% of LGBTQ homeless youth have histories of substance abuse, compared with 63% of heterosexual homeless youth
  • 44% of LGBTQ homeless youth have histories of social services involvement, compared with 32% of heterosexual homeless youth
  • LGBTQ homeless youth experience an average of 7.4 more acts of sexual violence than their heterosexual peers

The video also focuses on the challenges faced by LGBT youth experiencing homelessness and the importance of providing a safe space for youth to self-identify and regain stability, and offers advice on how providers can help youth reach their full potential despite the challenges they face.


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